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David Zwirner Books/Fraenkel Gallery : Diane Arbus Documents


Best known for her penetrating images exploring what it means to be human, Diane Arbus (1923 -1971) is a pivotal and singular figure in American postwar photography. Arbus’s black-and-white photographs demolish aesthetic conventions and upend all certainties. Both lauded and criticized for her photographs of people deemed “outsiders,” Arbus continues to be a lightning rod for a wide range of opinions surrounding her subject matter and approach.

Through an assemblage of articles, criticism, and essays by 55 authors from 1967 to the present, this groundbreaking publication charts the reception of the photographer’s work and offers comprehensive insight into the critical conversations, as well as misconceptions, around this highly influential artist.

Documents is organized in eleven sections that focus on major exhibitions and significant events emerging from Arbus’s work, as well as on her methods and intentions. It serves as an important resource for photographers, researchers, art historians, and art critics, in addition to students of art criticism and the interested reader alike.


Diane Arbus Documents
Publisher: David Zwirner Books/Fraenkel Gallery
55 Authors | 496 Pages
ISBN: 9781644230657
$95 | 105€ | £75

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